Adjunct Assistant Professor
Sharon Hecker is an art historian and curator who specializes in modern and contemporary Italian art. She is a leading authority on Medardo Rosso and has published on other key Italian artists such as Lucio Fontana, Luciano Fabro, Francesco Lo Savio and Marisa Merz. She was Project Coordinator for Jenny Holzer at the Venice Biennale (1990, awarded the Golden Lion), worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, the Christian Stein Gallery, as well as with Fabro, whose writings she translated for his US retrospective at SFMoMA. Hecker curated exhibitions at the Harvard University Art Museum, Pulitzer Arts Foundation and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, and has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Getty and Mellon Foundations. Her books include A Moment’s Monument: Medardo Rosso and the International Origins of Modern Sculpture (University of California Press, 2017), awarded the Millard Meiss Publication Fund from the College Art Association and translated into Italian by Johan & Levi, Postwar Italian Art History Today: Untying ’The Knot’ (with Marin Sullivan, Bloomsbury, 2019), Finding Lost Wax: The Disappearance and Recovery of an Ancient Casting Technique and the Experiments of Medardo Rosso (Brill, 2020) and, with Silvia Bottinelli, Lead in Modern and Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury 2021). She is currently curating the first museum exhibition dedicated to Lucio Fontana’s ceramics at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (2024).